Deirdre Yeater, Ph.D.

Deirdre Yeater, Ph.D.

Asst Professor

Dr. Yeater joined Sacred Heart University in the Fall of 2008. She enjoys teaching and incorporates her research and training experiences with marine mammals in her classes. Dr. Yeater encourages students to meet with her if interested in becoming involved in marine mammal cognition and behavior research.

Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., M.A., University of Southern Mississippi; B.S., SUNY Maritime College

Teaching Responsibilities

    Human and Animal Learning,The Human Journey:TheIndividual and Society

Research Interests & Grants

    Marine mammal behavior and cognition.Specific studies have been in the areas of: dolphin imitation and social learning, the behavior of rough-toothed dolphins, social association patterns, tactile behavior and communication, the effects of vessel traffic and swimmers on dolphin behavior, the effects of noise on marine mammals, and environmental enrichment with captive animals.Other topics of interest include the study of self-awareness and theory of mind in animals.

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